Pac-10 Track and Field Championships
May 13, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, Presented by 76 Gasoline (78th annual for men, 22nd annual for women) will get underway in Tempe, Ariz., this Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. Arizona State will host the event on Joe Sellah Track at Sun Angel Stadium (capacity: 5,000).
Activities begin Friday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. PT with the women's hammer, while the rest of the day's events will start at 5 p.m. PT. The men's hammer will kick off the second day of events on Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. PT, with the rest of the day's events starting at 5 p.m. PT. Admission is $15.00 per day for general admission, while tickets for youth/senior citizens/students are $13.00. A two-day ticket is available for $20.00 for adults, $18.00 for youth/senior citizens/students.
ON THE AIR . . . FOX Sports Net will air a two-hour tape delayed show starting Thursday, May 22. Dwight Stones will call the action, while color commentary will be provided by Tom Feuer. Lindsay Soto will provide additional commentary from the infield. Check the local listings for the airing dates of the championships on your FOX Sports Net regional carrier.
MEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA senior Bobby McCoy (200m - 20.82, 400m 45.60) will contend in the sprints, junior Luis Rivera-Morales (long jump - 25-8.5/7.84m, triple jump - 51-9.5/15.79m) and senior Daniel Marshall (long jump - 25-0/7.62m, triple jump - 52-3/15.93m) will look to lead the Wildcats in the horizontal jumps ... ARIZONA STATE senior Matt Turner (high jump - 7-2.25/2.20m, long jump - 26-1.25/7.96m) looks for points in the jumps, sophomore Ryan Whiting (shot put 71-3.5/21.73m, discus 200-5.75/61.11m) has the league's best throw in the shot by nearly six feet, while senior Kyle Alcorn (3,000 steeple - 8:38.52) leads all Pac-10 steeplechase competitors. ... CALIFORNIA senior Ed Wright (high jump - 7-3.25/2.22m) will attempt to defend his Pac-10 high jump title, junior Martin Maric (discus - 200-6.5/61.13m) is one of three Pac-10 discus throwers to exceed 200 feet this spring, junior Jake Hanson (400m hurdles - 50.77) is one of four to run under 51.00 in the 400m hurdles. ... OREGON sophomore Andrew Wheating (800m - 1:47.82, 1,500m - 3:38.60) will look to double in the middle distances, sophomore A.J. Acosta (5,000m - 13:50.20) has the Pac-10's top 5,000 meter time, senior Colin Veldman (hammer - 219-6.25/66.91m) will push for top honors in the hammer. ... STANFORD senior Hari Mix (5,000m - 13:56.28, 10,000m - 28:50.87) and senior Russell Brown (800m - 1:48.66, 1,500m - 3:40.96) will pace the Cardinal distance runners, while senior Graeme Hoste (pole vault - 18-4.75/5.61m) and his league-leading pole vault mark aim for more points for the Cardinal ... UCLA senior Greg Garza (discus - 204-9.25/62.42m) attempts to defend his Pac-10 discus crown, while junior Boldizsar Kocsor (hammer - 222-6/67.82m) looks to collect more points for the Bruins in the throws. Sophomore Henry Hagenbuch (3,000m steeple - 8:52.14) will contend in the steeple. ... USC will attempt to defend its sprint titles behind sophomore Ahmad Rashad (100m - 10.26, 200m - 20.97) and senior Lionel Larry (400m - 45.04). Senior Duane Solomon (800m - 1:47.33), junior Manjula Kumara Wijesekara (high jump - 7-3.75/2.23m), and junior Corey White (javelin - 267-10.5/81.65m) own the Pac-10's top marks in their respective events this year ... WASHINGTON junior Jordan Boase (200m - 20.37, 400m - 44.82) holds the league's top marks at both 200m and 400m, sophomore Carl Moe (3,000m steeple - 8:51.11) is a Husky hopeful in the distance races, senior Norris Frederick (long jump - 26-7.5/8.12m, high jump - 7-3.25/2.22m) will look for points in the jumps. ... WASHINGTON STATE freshman Jeshua Anderson (400m hurdles - 49.66) and junior Barry Leavitt (400m hurdles - 50.83) will duel in the 400m hurdles. The Cougars look to collect points from junior Moreno Zapata (triple jump - 50-5.75/15.39m).
WOMEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA sophomores Jasmin Day (high jump - 6-0.25/1.84m) and Elizabeth Patterson (high jump - 6-1.5/1.87m) are two of four Pac-10 athletes to clear 6-0 in the high jump this season, junior Shevell Quinley (100m hurdles - 13.71) and senior Ashley Gadsen (400m - 53.75) attempt to collect points for the Wildcats ... ARIZONA STATE senior April Kubishta (pole vault - 14-2/4.32m), senior Jacquelyn Johnson (100m hurdles - 13.02, long jump - 21-3.75/6.50m), and trio of throwers in senior Jessica Pressley (shot put - 57-9.5/17.62m, discus - 180-4/54.97m, hammer - 224-1.25/68.31m), junior Sarah Stevens (shot put - 58-4/17.78m, discus - 182-9.25/55.71m, hammer - 218-2.75/66.52m) and junior Tai Battle (discus - 177-0.75/53.97m, hammer - 207-2.5/63.16m) will pace the Sun Devils ... Defending Pac-10 and NCAA champion senior Alysia Johnson (800m - 2:03.39), junior Mackenizie Pierce (800m - 2:05.04) lead CALIFORNIA in the 800m, while senior Katie Morgan (pole vault - 13-9.25/4.20m) gives the Bears hope in the pole vault ... OREGON sophomore Nicole Blood (1,500m - 4:14.73/5,000m - 15:43.82) owns the league's top time in the 5,000 meters by more than 17 seconds, while junior Rachel Yurkovich (javelin - 191-1.25/58.25m) attempts to defend her javelin crown. Points in the distance races for the Ducks can come via senior Sarah Pearson (10,000m - 34:29.72) ... OREGON STATE junior Sylvia Veal (1,500m - 4:29.09), senior Nicole Crawford (10,000m - 36:48.34) and senior Lauren Denfeld (3,000m steeple - 10:33.78) give the Beavers hope in the distance races ... STANFORD distance runners junior Lauren Centrowitz (1,500m - 4:16.13), freshman Alexandra Gits (10,000m - 33:19.42) and senior Lindsay Allen (3,000m steeple - 10:08.84) claim the Pac-10's top time at their respective events. Senior Erica McLain (long jump - 21-3.75/6.50m, triple jump - 46-7/14.20m) aims to defend her Pac-10 triple jump title ... UCLA junior Rhonda Watkins (long jump - 21-3.5/6.49m), freshman Tori Anthony (pole vault - 13-9.75/4.21m), and senior Renee Williams (triple jump - 44-3/13.49m) pace the Bruins in the field events, while junior Nicole Leach (400m - 51.69) leads the Bruins on the track ... USC senior Carol Rodriguez (100m - 11.34, 200m - 22.84, 400m - 51.39) owns the Pac-10's top times in three events and is the defending Pac-10 champion at 100m and 200m. The Women of Troy look to collect points from sophomore Shalina Clarke (100m hurdles - 13.13, 400m hurdles - 58.93), freshman Zsofia Erdelyi (3,000m steeple - 10:11.32), and junior Eva Orban (hammer throw - 230-3/70.18m) ... WASHINGTON sophomore Katie Follett (1,500m - 4:19.20, 5,000m - 16:01.16), senior Amanda Miller (800m - 2:06.69, 1,500m - 4:19.49), and senior Kelley DiVesta (pole vault - 13-8/4.17m) are Husky hopefuls at their respective events ... WASHINGTON STATE stacks up well in the 3,000 steeplechase with Pac-10 defending champion junior Sara Trane (10:16.75), senior Meghan Leonard (10:16.36) and senior Lawrence Collier (10:25.27). Junior Lorraine King (400m hurdles - 58.39) and freshman Ebba Jungmark (high jump - 6-2.25/1.89m) could add points for Cougars.